Scarab jewelry was quite the fashion rage during the 1950s. This immortalized beetle was etched in all kinds of media from plastic to semi-precious stones and designed into a myriad of styles, colors and metals.
This particular 12K gold filled turtle figural was designed by Burt Cassel, one of the leading designers who grabbed the bull by the horns and created high quality scarab pieces. I found an advertisement for Burt Cassell scarab jewelry and have included it in my photo array.
The turtle body and head are created using semi precious tigers eye stones measuring 25mm and 10mm. The head is set into a closed back setting while the body is in an open backed bezel setting accented with tiny legs and a twisted wire tail. An oval cartouche is soldered to the back and has BurtCassell and 1/120 12K stamped on it.
It measures 44mm H X 27mm W X 13mm D (approx. 1'5/8" X 1" X ½"). It is in excellent condition with no signs of wear on the gold plating and nicks or mars on the scarabs.
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